The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own

Author(s): Veronica Chambers


Even after eight years of watching them daily in the press, the fact that the most powerful man in the world is a Black man is still breathtaking to me. The fact that he goes home to a tight-knit, loving family headed by a Black woman is soul-stirring. That woman is Michelle. Michelle. That name now carries a whole world of meaning. And a whole world of memory. And a whole world of magic. From the Preface by Ava DuVernayMichelle Obama is unlike any other First Lady in American History. From her first moments on the public stage, she has challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful, to be strong, to be fashion-conscious, to be healthy, to be First Mom, to be a caretaker and hostess, and to be partner to the most powerful man in the world. What is remarkable is that, at 52, she is just getting started. While many books have looked at Michelle Obama from a fashion perspective, no book has fully explored what she means to our culture. The Meaning of Michelle does just that, while offering a parting gift to a landmark moment in American history. In addition to a tribute to Michelle Obama, this book is also a rollicking, lively dinner party conversation about race, class, marriage, creativity, womanhood and what it means to be American today.Contributors include: Ava DuVernay, Veronica Chambers, Benilde Little, Damon Young, Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran, Brittney Cooper, Ylonda Gault Caviness, Chirlane McCray, Cathi Hanauer, Tiffany Dufu, Tanisha Ford, Marcus Samuelsson, Sarah Lewis, Karen Hill Anton, Rebecca Carroll, Phillipa Soo, and Roxane Gay"


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A tribute to America's beloved first lady, Michelle Obama, as she leaves the White House.

"Sixteen writers, many of them African-American women, share what it s been like to witness Michelle Obama in the White House. 'Witness' is the correct word. The first thing most writers admit is that they've been unable to take their eyes off her." The New York Times"An engaging and delightful collection to help readers recognize that Michelle Obama is a distinct American icon." Library Journal"Read it and shake things up yourself this year." Dr. Oz The Good Life"A diverse collection united by admiration in a 'praise song' anthology." Bookpage"A glorious tribute to an incredible woman." Booklist (Starred Review)"Powerful." Glamour"Gratitude resonates through each offering in this compilation, a warm tribute to an inspiring woman of color who has lived in the public eye for more than eight years." Publisher's Weekly"The variety of contributors allows for different perspectives on their common subject as a fashion icon, a cultural arbiter, the self-proclaimed "mom-in-chief," partner in a mutual girl crush with Beyonce, fitness and food advocate, and a wife who supports but does not defer." Kirkus Reviews"

VERONICA CHAMBERS is a prolific writer and the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Mama s Girl. A contributor to several anthologies, including the bestselling Bitch in the House, she s been a senior editor at the New York Times Magazine, Glamour, and Newsweek. She is currently a JSK Knight Fellow at Stanford."

General Fields

  • : 9781250114969
  • : St Martin's Press
  • : St Martin's Press
  • : November 2016
  • : 210mm X 140mm X 16mm
  • : United States
  • : February 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Veronica Chambers
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : 973.932092
  • : 240